A martini is a terrible thing to waste.
By Matt Baumgartner
Oct 5, 2011 at 11:42 am
1. Personally, my favorite slice of pizza is found at Tony’s Pizza in Utica, NY (preferably the one in Washington Mills). I could eat it every day, and during lunchtime in High School, I pretty much did.
2. In the Albany area, my favorite place to get pizza is Kay’s Pizza. They have delicious, pan-style pizza and the experience of going to their restaurant feels really special.
Oct 5, 2011 at 11:45 am
Remember that time we stopped at Sovrano’s last year and then realized that neither of us had cash so, we couldn’t get any pizza? Classy.
Oct 5, 2011 at 11:52 am
Kay’s! Two Saturdays left :)
We can’t get enough of that place.
So glad it’s open late this year!!
Oct 5, 2011 at 11:57 am
Ha yes. That was funny. And by funny I mean sad.
Oct 5, 2011 at 11:59 am
Too funny… I saw this title and before I saw your response automatically thought “Tony’s” – and yes, definitely the one in Washington Mills. Lots of fond memories there, and by far the best pizza. I wish someone would open one out here. We get one every time we go home.
Oct 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm
I like Defazio’s in Troy.
Oct 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Regina Pizzeria in the North End of Boston.
Oct 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm
Albany County – Little Anthony’s on Central Ave in Colonie. Classic NYC style pizza with a nice thin crust (which they will ACTUALLY cook well done when asked), flavorful but not overdone red sauce, fresh ingredients, and consistent! I live no where near the place but will travel there for pizza.
Schenectady County – Nikki P’s (technically Rotterdam). I’m not a huge “specialty” pizza person however the Buffalo Chicken Pizza at this place is quite literally coma inducing. The make REAL chicken wings, de-bone them, have a really nice (somewhat interesting) dough, sauce the pizza with just wing sauce and mozz, and it is really something else. Worth a trip.
NYC – Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn. In the up and coming DT Brooklyn area, Grimaldi’s is the single best slice you will ever have. It’s not artsy, it’s not casual-cool, there is nothing hipster about this pie. It is simple, understated, classically prepared goodness with fantastically fresh ingredients, cooked in a piping hot oven, and served quickly.
Also a quick shout out to Red Front in Troy for the “sauce on top” approach.
Now i’m starving……
colleen (with a little c)
Oct 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm
Bacchus in Troy. awesome wood fired pizza…light crispy crust you can’t get anywhere else.
Oct 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Yes! Tonys in Utica is so good!
The Original Mike
Oct 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm
Pizzeria Da Michele
Via Cesare Sersale, 1
80139 Naples, Italy
Oct 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Albany – Pizzeria Sapienza (Downtown)
Troy – Testo’s (Lansingburgh)
Syracuse – Twin Trees
Utica – LOVED the stuffed pizza at Cavallo’s!
Oct 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm
Kays. For sure.
Oct 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm
Victory Cafe. Not heavily advertised, but their chicken taco, black & blue, and turkey club are amazing.
Oct 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm
O’scugnizzo Pizzeria â€“ 614 Bleecker St Utica, NY 13501
Get the sausage…talk about time travel!
Oct 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm
best pizza i’ve ever had is DeNino’s in staten island…
around here…i love Kay’s for the pan style, but DeFazio’s is one of the best thinner crust in my opinion….
The Notty Pine in Troy does a great COB (cheese on bottom) that rivals Red Front…and their regular pizza is outstanding too…pan style
Oct 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm
Oct 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm
I say Cafe Capriccio, they have wood fired pizza that is to DIE for! I also love Loubeas, its a stones throw from my house and has whole wheat crust option :)
Oct 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Jonathan’s in downtown Albany has the BEST pizza. If you haven’t been there, it is soooooo worth the trip. When I’m craving a slice I drive down from CPk just to go there. The crust is thin, the sauce has tons of flavor. It’s delicious!!!!!!!! Whenever I go to The Palace Theatre, I go to Jonathan’s first. YUM.
Ok, now I’m craving pizza…
Oct 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm
DeFasio’s in Troy (Fra Diavolo) & 2nd would be LaBella’s in Waterford
Oct 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm
Pop’s Pizza in Cohoes is awesome…
Oct 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm
Vincenzo’s in Lewiston NY. RIP
Oct 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm
I second Grimaldiâ€™s in Brooklyn. By far the best pizza I have ever had. In upstate I like Deacon blue’s in watervliet.
Oct 5, 2011 at 2:09 pm
235 East Main St.
Elbridge, NY 13060
Oct 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Sovrano’s for sure! They are still run like a ma and pa shop and always remember customers. Their individual pizzas taste amazing and even choosing a ton of toppings it’s still really well priced, although you tend to finish it that night so no “cold pizza the next morning :(
Classic moment last week. They didn’t have a delivery driver as it was fairly late and they were nearly closing, BUT they still made a fresh pizza and the momma and poppa delivered it IN PERSON to our house after closing up. Very cool.
Oct 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm
And by the way Sizzle, there’s nothing wrong Cash Only places ;)
Oct 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm
…..I must be missing out seeing as how I havent been to Kay’s Pizza before. I know you’ve posted about it before, Matt, but where exactly is it located?
Oct 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm
I am a huge fan of the Red Front in Troy but I have a deep and undeviating love of Smith’s Tavern.
Oct 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm
Orchard Tavern in Albany- your own personal pizza YUMMM
Oct 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm
@NH DeNino’s is awesome, it makes me happy that from time to time I have to go to Staten Island “the Rock” for work.
Oct 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm
Paul’s Pizza in Coxsackie.
Oct 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm
NYC – Joe’s pizza on 6th ave and bleeker. Seriously.
Oct 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm
Orchard Tavern in Albany- Shrimp Scampi Pizza YUM!!!
Oct 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm
Tony’s in Utica—-Yum! Haven’t had it in forever!
We’re in East Greenbush and we go to Pizza! my Love They’re regular pie is good, nothing to write home about, But they’re Sicilian….. To die for delish!
Oct 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm
Joe’s Tavern in Cohoes
Oct 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm
Marisa’s Pizza in Guilderland.
Oct 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm
Kays is Awesome ! Its the flavor that gets me but the atmosphere is the icing the cake. And my kids freakin love it.
Oct 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm
Liqouri’s pizza in West Springfield, Mass. Every couple of months my husband and I take a trip out there. The pizzas are HUGE and tasty! A party size is like $26.00 with sausage and onions. We have family come to eat, and eat, and eat. Great cold, too.
Oct 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm
Love the sauce on top pie at The Red Front in Troy. The tomato pie at Perreca’s in Schenectady has been a traditional family favorite for more than 30 years, but my favorite all around pizza joint is 5th and 50 in Scotia(try their Greek pizza and thank me later).
Oct 5, 2011 at 9:23 pm
Close: Purple Pub, but you have to have it there. Worth the trip: Capri in Lake George!
Oct 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm
Pizano’s in Chicago.. both deep dish and thin crust are amazing
Oct 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm
Tony’s in Utica is surely on my Top 10 too.
Luigi’s in Rome makes an incredible “GrandMa” (Sicilian-style, with marinara).
Oct 6, 2011 at 9:09 am
Cafe Capriccio’s wood fired oven pizza – YUMMY!
# 27: Kay’s is at Burden Lake.
Oct 6, 2011 at 9:22 am
Basically anything with bread and cheese makes me happy. Apparently I have low standards.
Oct 6, 2011 at 10:53 am
Oct 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm
The Fountain on New Scotland Ave.
And if you are in western NY, the Bocce Club in Buffalo.
Oct 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm
LaPerla in Averill Park, we always get the # 10, fantastic dough cooked in a real fire oven with fresh mozzerella,cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. Beautiful place, great atmosphere and a nice crowd. Matt have you been there yet?
Oct 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm
Glad no one mentioned Paesans. They wouldnt survive in Brooklyn. I have friends who have tried that pizza and its not anything special.
Oct 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm
In Albany- The Fountain is the best!!! It’s totally has it’s own style and I truly respect that. Being from Jersey, I know it’s not “NYC style” but I still respect it for what it is- garlicky deliciousness!
Oct 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm
Really liked Pasquale’s in Albany, hope the GastroPub continues with the tradition of good pizza.
In Schenectady, Marino’s (Flying Pie) on State Street hands is my favorite. Also, Antipasto’s in Clifton Park is great for specialty pies with a vegetarian slant.
Oct 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm
No one mentioned Marino’s in Schenectady? Theirs is the best, hands down.
Oct 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm
madison grille! go have a$1.25 pint (every day happy hour) and the best thin crust you’ll ever eat. Literally was just there after work and you can’t beat it. Kay’s is great when you’re out that way, but if you live in center square, or frequent it, go order pie from the grille and submerge yourself in pizza heaven.
Oct 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm
In Albany – The Fountain, hands down. Out here in the burbs – Romo’s in Glenmont. Reminds of Jeff’s which use to be on Madison Ave next to the Norma Jean (it’s now a coffee house.) I think they were same owner as Lou-Bea’s another Albany classic.
Oct 30, 2011 at 1:49 am
#29, 33, 52, 53 say it all!
Orchard, Madison Grille, and The Fountain!
P.S. Purple Pub is tops!